Habitat Protection

Low Steelhead Numbers in 2014-"Are we being good stewards?"


Now that the majority of Steelhead have spawned and are hopefully making their way back out to the mighty Pacific ocean to fatten up and return next year bigger, chromer, more powerful and more plentiful, let take a minute and recap on this very challenging past spring. 

Fish were few and far between which meant more casts and less fish then years previous. The beautiful thing about being forced to work harder for fish is that you appreciate the ones that you get lucky enough to land even more.

Last year we could do no wrong, this year it seemed as though we could do not right. Before the commercial exploitation of aquatic species, I imagine one could expect many more fish much more often.

Which begs the question: "are we being good stewards?"

I personally think that collectively we could be doing a far better job and I hope that we will.

One solution of many:

Lets not fish for spawning steelhead.

May should be closed in areas known to be high grade spawning habitat. These fish need their calories to successfully procreate and make it back out to sea. They do not need to be waisting them on our photos. This doesn't mean closing the fishery in may. It means closing areas of good spawning habitat for Spring spawners such as Steelhead and Cutthroat Trout.

I would love to hear from you regarding the enhancement of our aquatic environments and the recreational fisheries that we all love.

Take care and talk soon,

Captain Quinn

Put the Pressure on!

Here is an email that has been circulating on behalf of Friends of Wild Salmon. The email breaks down the issue very well and everyone who appreciates or enjoys the great outdoors and fishing should be concerned-to be Frank, you should be up in arms-I am!

Read on and until next time, Keep on Adventuring,

Captain Quinn

Help save Canada's Fisheries Act 

Dear Eve,

For decades, Canada's Fisheries Act has protected our salmon and their habitat. Now it's under threat. The Conservatives want to remove key parts of the law to fast-track risky industrial development.

Why should you oppose these changes to the Fisheries Act? Here are a few reasons:


  • Protection for fish habitat is greatly weakened.
  • Only lakes and rivers supporting commercial, recreational or aboriginal fisheries will be protected.
  • The Feds are off-loading responsibilities to provinces and industry.
  • DFO cuts undermine public and fish safety.
  • These massive changes are undemocratic.
  • Changes are being made to facilitate projects such as Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker proposal.

In Ottawa: 1-866-599-4999 (ask for Minister Ashfield’s office)


The changes are opposed by four former federal fisheries ministers, including former Tory fisheries ministers Tom Siddon and John Fraser.

“They are totally watering down and emasculating the Fisheries Act,” Siddon told the Globe and Mail.

What can you do? Two things:

1. Call Canada's Fisheries Minister, Keith Ashfield:

Constituency Office: (506) 452-4110

2. Sign the online petition

ForestEthics Advocacy has created an online petition that has already been signed by over 2,000 people who are opposed to the proposed changes to the Fisheries Act.

Click here to sign the petition now.


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